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To keep away from something
“I try to avoid dark alleys because you never know what could be lurking within.”
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To get out of a situation, usually underhandedly
“You can't avoid the elephant in the room forever.”
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To get out of the way of
“I quickly jumped to the side to avoid a puppy dog who was running at full speed towards a ball.”
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To consciously evade an encounter with someone
“I try to avoid Alexia as she always says things which make no sense to me.”
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To keep or withhold oneself from something
“If you'd like to get into shape, I would recommend that you avoid unhealthy food.”
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To take preventative measures
“You should warm up and stretch before exercising to avoid injury.”
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(rare) To put an end to formally or by law
“Both parties agreed to mutually avoid their contract and go their separate ways.”
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